Graduate courses are taught through the Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program, and undergraduate courses through the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources (DEENR).

Conservation Ecology 11:216:317 (undergraduate course)

This is a writing- and reading- based course in which students will become familiar with the major environmental challenges of our time, including species extinctions, terrestrial and marine habitat destruction, climate change, invasive species, and the environmental consequences of food and energy systems, among others. 50-100 pages of reading per week and weekly writing assignments.  3 credits. Fulfills SEBS/SAS Core Curriculum requirement in 21st Century Challenges, and in Writing and Communication.

Advanced Ecological Data Analysis 16:215:599 (graduate course)

Fall 2017 and alternate years, Mondays 9:15 – 12:15, 123 ENR. Co-taught by Olaf Jensen, Malin Pinsky, and Rachael Winfree

Statistical analysis in R for researchers who are analyzing their own data. Data cleaning and management, GLM, GLMM, GAM, likelihood, spatial statistics. Topics vary somewhat depending on student interest.


Foundations of Ecology 16:215:599 or 16:215:598 (graduate course)

This course is designed for first- and second-year graduate students, and provides an overview of concepts and current topics in the field of ecology. Topics include biodiversity and biogeography; life histories; population biology; herbivory, predation and parasitism; mutualism; and global change and conservation. All assigned readings are provided as pdfs available on the course Sakai site. Major assignments include writing an NSF-GRFP style grant proposal, OR a 10-page research paper; and a 10-minute presentation. Meets once a week for 3 hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: None for graduate students; for undergraduates, permission of instructor. Taught Fall semester in 145 ENR.


Student Letters of Recommendation

Note for all students about requesting letters of recommendation: please send me an email at least 3 weeks before the letter due date with the subject line ‘letter of recommendation due [due date]’. In the body of the email include the email address or web site where I need to submit the letter,  the link to the program or grant you are applying for, your CV and/or other important application materials, and a brief explanation of why you want to apply.  If you follow these instructions, your letter will be submitted on time and there is no need to contact me with reminders. If you do not follow these instructions, it is unlikely that your letter will be submitted on time.